100% Syrah from Côte Blonde, Côte Brune, Mollard, Baleyat, Chavaroche, 50% destemmed, 3 week vinification in 50 hl concrete vats, cap is immersed, twice daily pumping overs, held at 29°C, aged 30% new, 70% used 600-litre oak casks, 30 hl barrels (50% cask, 50% large barrel) 24 months, egg white fined, unfiltered, first called Améthyste in 2006, 6-7,000
"Dark, shiny red robe; the nose has an aroma of “high” black fruits, beef stock, black fruit jam. It’s robust, conveys a real country wine. The palate shows some reduction, so needs decanting. It holds full, black-fruited content which takes off suddenly into an assertive finish, a full dose on the close, spice there. It’s not yet as one, but is wholesome, genuine, traditional."
14°. Bottled Aug 2020. From 2024-25. 2045-47 June 2021 John Livingstone-Learmonth Drink Rhone